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Posts posted in September 2015
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Google’s Colt McAnlis Talks Wearables, Networked Pop-Tarts
Janine Love  
9/30/2015   Post a comment
If you are planning to attend this year’s ARM TechCon, you are in for a real treat with keynote speaker Colt McAnlis.
Procurement’s Continued Evolution: Strategic Opportunities for OEMs
Lisa Ann Cairns  
9/30/2015   Post a comment
A recent survey uncovers new opportunities for electronics OEMs when they work to extend procurement’s scope to be more strategic and collaborative with suppliers and within the organization.
Tools: Finding an Advantage in Modern Business
Babak Ehteshami  
9/30/2015   Post a comment
In trying to gain competitive advantage, the choice of the right tools to support the supply chain and other business decisions may be the most important.
Californian Startup Promises Hack Free Connected Homes
Julien Happich  
9/29/2015   Post a comment
Having designed a hardware-based firewall that sits right between your home WiFi hotspot and the cloud, Californian CUJO LLC. is turning IoT security on its head. Built around a Cavium dual core 1GHz processor with 1GB of DDR SRAM and 4GB of flash, the bowl-shaped device performs deep packet inspections on the transiting traffic and applies a proprietary and adaptive machine-learning algorithm to identify and notify the end-user about abnormal data behavior or stop a hack right in its track.
Taking E-Commerce to the Next Level
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
9/29/2015   (1) comment
It's time for business-to-business sellers to pay attention to what's been going on in the business to consumer space. Buyers are starting to demand more than ever before.
Google Glass & Augmented Reality Benefit Warehouse Operations
Susan Fourtané  
9/29/2015   (1) comment
By 2017, the augmented reality market will grow to $5.2 billion becoming the next big thing in a variety of markets, including logistics and manufacturing.
Will Analytics Render Old-Fashioned Job Interviews Obsolete?
Frank Cavallaro  
9/29/2015   Post a comment
Increased reliance on analytics may edge out traditional job interviews, at least if we are to believe some experts.
Samsung Opens Silicon Valley Home
Rick Merritt  
9/28/2015   Post a comment
Samsung’s new San Jose office towers over its sprawling Silicon Valley neighbors.
Tesla Draws on Far-Flung Sources to Supply Gigafactory
Tam Harbert  
9/28/2015   Post a comment
Tesla's new gigafactory in Nevada may be located in the U.S. but the organization's supply chain reaches across the globe.
15 Bright Moments in Artificial Intelligence at the Movies
Rob Spiegel  
9/25/2015   Post a comment
These 15 films show how artificial intelligence has been depicted in the movies.
8 Tips to Protect Yourself and Your Company on Social Media
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
9/25/2015   Post a comment
Next month is National Cyber Security Awareness Month but it's never too early to brush up on safety best practices.
Leverage Gamification to Improve Worker Engagement
Puga Sankara  
9/25/2015   Post a comment
Do you often feel like your distribution center operators can do more, but for some reason they are just not engaged? Gamification could be an option to build better engagement between your operators and their work assignments.
10 New 3D Printing Materials from Plastics to Glass to Metals
Ann R. Thryft  
9/24/2015   Post a comment
There are new materials for use with 3D printers, and then there are new materials that can only be made using 3D printing (3DP) techniques. In this slideshow, we'll show you some of both.
DARPA's Proposed Dielets to Guard Against Counterfeiting
Logical Link  
9/24/2015   Post a comment
DARPA develops prototype anti-counterfeiting chiplets that could be affixed to every chip used in commercial and military systems.
Counterfeits: What About the Commercial Supply Chain?
Joe Longo  
9/24/2015   Post a comment
Counterfeiters view the commercial supply chain as much more attractive than the military. It's time for commercial OEMs to fight back.
Not Enough Money in MEMS, Own the Data, Says InvenSense CEO
Peter Clarke  
9/23/2015   Post a comment
Behrooz Abdi, CEO of fabless MEMS company InvenSense Inc. (San Jose, Calif.), has said MEMS sensor component companies should offer complete IoT application solutions including data analytics.
2015 High-Tech Supply Chain Leaders by the Numbers
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
9/23/2015   Post a comment
Gartner's list of top supply chain leaders is rife with electronics and high technology companies and this slideshow calls them out by hame.
How the Internet of Things Connects Supply Chain Links
Jennifer Bosavage  
9/23/2015   Post a comment
The advent of IoT is changing things in the supply chain now more than ever before. OEMs are making their supply chains smarter, more flexible, and more easily managed using a variety of Internet-connected approaches.
An Early History of Tools: A Lesson for Industry
Babak Ehteshami  
9/23/2015   Post a comment
A look at the history of tools, especially tools used in war, proves that the tools we choose and use can make the difference between success and failure—especially in terms of innovation and growth of human industry.
Flextech Guru Helps U.S. Stretch
Rick Merritt  
9/22/2015   (1) comment
The head of a new initiative to give the U.S. a lead in flexible hybrid electronics talks about the technology, markets and politics of the $165 million effort.
JIT: The Promise of Emerging Tech for Electronics Manufacturing
Ariella Brown  
9/22/2015   Post a comment
With the advent of 3D printing, drones, and other emerging digital technologies, manufacturing is increasingly able to deliver on the promise of just in time manufacturing for consumers.
Flux Residue & Reliability of Conformal-Coated Boards
Michael Allen  
9/22/2015   Post a comment
A controlled process for board washing helps ensure long-term reliability of conformal-coated PCB assemblies
Manufacturing Survey Offers Hopeful Outlook
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
9/21/2015   (1) comment
A new benchmark survey found that the small and mid-market manufacturers are optimistic about the future, but still are concerned about controlling costs and finding skilled workers in order to ensure the bright outlook.
Design Options for Next Billion IoT Devices
Junko Yoshida  
9/21/2015   (2) comments
Among a surfeit of theories, predictions and technology horse-race stories on IoT, it’s time to hear from an executive who has actually done the due diligence, made design choices and developed his own new IoT chipset.
Foxconn Plants New Seeds in India
Logical Link  
9/21/2015   (4) comments
Foxconn is expanding its presence in India, pledging billions of dollars to build more R&D and manufacturing facilities there.
Shorten Your Cash-to-Cash Cycle to Unlock Supply Chain Value
Erik Diks  
9/21/2015   Post a comment
If cash is king, why is working capital so often locked up in high-value inventory or locked up in accounts receivable? We explore the roles of supply chain finance and working capital reduction programs in freeing up working capital.
NASA Robots Proliferate
R. Colin Johnson  
9/18/2015   Post a comment
NASA is perhaps the world's most prolific maker of robots for all kinds of purposes, from its Mar's Rovers for gathering information to astroid bots capable of handling nuclear payloads to obliterate the ones destined to hit the Earth.
5 Paths to Avoiding Human Trafficking in the Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
9/18/2015   (2) comments
The electronics industry has a particularly key part to play in controlling and ultimately ending human trafficking throughout the supply chain.
Finding the Value of Mobility in the Supply Chain
Puga Sankara  
9/18/2015   Post a comment
At Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) Supply Chain & Mobility Panel, we started talking about the value of mobility in the supply chain—an important conversation for our industry.
Driving Toward Connected Cars
Thomas Claburn  
9/17/2015   Post a comment
A McKinsey report finds growing demand for connected services and autonomous technology in vehicles.
Robotics Take a Place in Manufacturing & Logistics
Logical Link  
9/17/2015   (1) comment
Robots, which have become, smarter, cheaper and faster, are taking on more jobs in manufacturing and logistics facilities.
Cloud Manufacturing for Quick Prototype Production
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
9/17/2015   (1) comment
MacroFab is working to make small-batch manufacturing of printed circuit boards easier and more affordable through the use of what it calls "cloud manufacturing."
Counterfeits Jeopardize Lives & Cost Billions
Joe Longo  
9/17/2015   Post a comment
The public has heard rumors about the serious problem of electronics counterfeits for many years, but the magnitude and complexity of the challenges have only come into sharp focus over the last few years.
Q&A with GloFo CEO: ‘IoT Is No Mystical Animal’
Junko Yoshida  
9/16/2015   Post a comment
PC shipments are going down all over the world. The smartphone market is losing steam. The IC industry is expecting a down year in 2016. Globalfoundries CEO discussed what chip vendors should do about it.
Use Logistics to Maintain a Global Electronics Presence
Mary E. Shacklett  
9/16/2015   Post a comment
The road to success for electronics OEMs are paved with innovative new products. A strong logistics infrastructure and partnerships, though, is also important.
The Year 1864: A Lesson for Procurement
Rohitkumar Nair  
9/16/2015   Post a comment
Early engagement is a critical part of strategic performance in both war and business.
Philips' Home Medicine Connects to Medical Records
R. Colin Johnson  
9/15/2015   Post a comment
Royal Philips (The Netherlands) will unveil its HealthSuite Digital Platform and the apps it has developed to monitor a patients health and transmit that information to existing healthcare databases.
Distributors Refocus Supply Chain Strategies
Lisa Ann Cairns  
9/15/2015   Post a comment
Distributors are actively extending their service offerings to diversify market opportunities and meet new demands from procurement. While efficiency, streamlining, and cost savings remain core demands, attention to agility and margins require customized solutions.
The Importance of Supply Chain Connectivity: A Conversation with RS Components
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
9/15/2015   Post a comment
We sat down with RS Electronics to find out how the distributor went about implementing a supply chain connectivity solution across its supply chain.
3 Reasons Distributors Should be a Part of Your Supply Chain
Jon Pickard  
9/15/2015   Post a comment
Chosen strategically, distributors can add to a smart OEMs bottom line.
Evaluating a Role in the IIOT Future
Fred Molinari  
9/14/2015   Post a comment
Standards are needed to assure that the Industrial Internet of things becomes a reality. In the meantime, everyone is jumping on the bandwagon because the risks of waiting are too high.
Asia Pacific & U.S. Jockey for Top Spots in Manufacturing Index
Logical Link  
9/14/2015   Post a comment
Asia Pacific countries earned kudos for grabbing top spots in Cushman & Wakefield’s recent Manufacturing Index. The rankings reiterate the importance of how weathering market conditions, mitigating risks and providing cost effectiveness plays into manufacturing relocation or expansion strategies.
How Asset Recovery Is Increasing the Worth of High-Tech Products
Jesse Laver  
9/14/2015   Post a comment
Companies are developing ways to expand the revenue-earning potential of high-tech and electronics products throughout their life cycle with asset recovery.
10 Kickstarter Projects that Promote Space Exploration
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
9/14/2015   Post a comment
Space, the final frontier, seems to evoke creativity and spark interest. These top performing Kickstarter projects provide a sample of what the best and brightest have developed and gotten funded.
Smart Inks Monitor Glucose
Jessica Lipsky  
9/11/2015   Post a comment
Researchers at the University of California San Diego are working toward a holy grail of sensor technology -- non-invasive glucose testing.
5 Ways IoT Is About to Transform the Electronics Landscape
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
9/11/2015   (3) comments
The Internet of Things (IoT) is set to transform the electronics and manufacturing sectors in ways that we are only just beginning to understand.
Mobile Tech Extends the Life of Legacy Systems
Puga Sankara  
9/11/2015   Post a comment
A legacy warehouse management system doesn't have to mean that your organization can't take advantage of the latest mobile technologies that help in the warehouse.
Counterfeiting: The Rising Threat to Electronics Manufacturers
Joe Longo  
9/10/2015   (2) comments
Counterfeiting is a real and present danger in the electronics supply chain. Enterprise labeling potentially starts to address the need to track and trace components.
Dollars & Sense: Debating With the IoT Experts
Apek Mulay  
9/10/2015   Post a comment
The promise of IoT is huge, but it will take the right macroeconomic development to make those dreams a reality.
EE Times Silicon 60: 2015's Startups to Watch
Peter Clarke  
9/9/2015   (3) comments
EE Times adds 30 recently formed companies to its Silicon 60 list for 2015.
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